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Angels release Neal Cotts, source says

The southpaw is likely to sign with a new team soon after the Halos declined to add him to their major-league roster.

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The Angels have released left-hander Neal Cotts, according to a major-league source. Cotts exercised his opt-out clause with the Angels earlier in the week, giving the team until today to decide whether to add him to their 25-man roster or release him.

Cotts is likely to catch on with a new team soon, according to a source. He is one of a few southpaw relievers on the open market, along with options like Joe Beimel and Brian Duensing.

Cotts, 36, posted a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings while striking out 13 and walking only three. He joined the Angels on a minor-league deal in early April after failing to make the Astros at the end of spring training.

Cotts is a veteran of 10 major-league seasons with the White Sox (2003-06), Cubs (2007-09), Rangers (2013-14), Brewers (2015) and Twins (2015). In that time, he owns a career 3.96 ERA in 483 appearances (5 starts).